Shay Gives Warning

01 June 2012 10:34
Despite being in a Euro 2012 group with red-hot favourites Spain and Italy .

. former Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given has warned the Republic of Ireland's opponents not to underestimate them.

Shay Given: "Of course there is hope. I think there's a real belief as well that we are a good team as well.

"People outside the country might not think that, but as a group of players and the management and even the supporters, we are a tight-knit group and we have got to keep that going throughout the championships.

"We would like to go a long way.

"John O'Shea has returned to full training and his (Trapattoni's) fears over O'Shea means he has made the decision to include Paul McShane rather than Kevin Foley in his final 23.

"Kevin is gutted, as we are gutted for him as well. But as the manager said, it's not about one player, it's about the team and the nation.

"He [Trapattoni] felt it was the right decision and we have got to respect his decision.

"We are gutted for him, but I am sure he is back at home and he is going to support the team in the summer.

"We are all together, players and fans alike."